7 Apr 2019 20:57

Poroshenko expects soonest resumption of Normandy Four talks on Donbas

KYIV. April 7 (Interfax) - The Normandy Four talks (Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia) will be resumed soon, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

"We are going to Berlin now. Today, our partners have made a statement that the Normandy format will restart its activity urgently. We have something to work on. We know where, when and how to advance for sure," Poroshenko said on the Ukraina TV channel on Sunday.

As reported, Poroshenko will visit Berlin at German Chancellor Angela Merkel's invitation on April 12.

On April 6, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that he has called for preserving Germany's and France's mediating role in the settlement of the Donbas crisis, Deutsche Welle reported.

At the last Saturday's meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in the city of Dinard in France, the German foreign minister stressed the importance of the talks seeking a political settlement in Donbas to continue after the Ukrainian presidential election. The current Normandy format, which is also joined by Germany and France along with Ukraine and Russia, should be preserved, Maas said.

Both Berlin and Paris hope for further talks in this format following the Ukrainian presidential election, the German foreign minister said.